I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Bill Coggins hasn’t spent a lot of time on Garners Ferry Road (“Common sense saves more lives than roadwork,” July 31). Or any of the other problematic roads in South Carolina. If he had, he would know that common sense can only get you so far.
For example, the shoulder that he considers “wide enough” can barely fit one car. Drivers using this shoulder probably have to exit on the passenger side. Bicyclists making use of the shoulder have to chose between the ditch and the traffic when going around stranded motorists. It isn’t a safe situation for anyone.
Although making improvements to the roads isn’t cheap, the lives that will be saved as a result are invaluable.